Softball Heads to Oregon, Oregon State
May 4, 2006
The Bruins have completed their 2006 home season and now hit the road for the final two weekends of Pac-10 play. This week, UCLA travels to Eugene and Corvallis, Ore., for games against Oregon on Friday and Oregon State on Saturday and Sunday. Oregon earned two of its three Pac-10 wins this past weekend with victories over Stanford and California. The weekend series at OSU is critical, as the Beavers are the only team within three games of the Bruins in the conference standings.
Duran Earns Three Weekly Honors
Andrea Duran was named the Player of the Week by USA Softball, the NFCA and the Pac-10 Conference for her performances against Washington, Arizona and Arizona State last week. It is the third Pac-10 honor of the season for Duran, and she becomes the first multiple-time winner of the USA Softball and NFCA awards for the 2006 season.
Duran helped generate 11 of the Bruin's 21 runs as UCLA posted a 4-1 record and maintained their No. 1 ranking. Against three top-15 opponents, Duran led the Bruins with five runs scored, two home runs, eight RBI and a .737 slugging percentage. In Friday's win over Arizona, Duran connected on her first career grand slam, one of two home runs she hit in the game. On Sunday against Arizona State, Duran went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice and the game-winning RBI in her final regular season game at Easton Stadium.
UCLA Finishes Long Week With 4-1 Record
UCLA's busy week opened on Wednesday with a doubleheader against Washington. In a game that started in Seattle on April 15, the Bruins took a 2-0 lead and wound up losing 3-2 in 12 innings. The nightcap was a 7-6 Bruins victory with Lisa Dodd hitting a home run in both games of the twin bill.
On Friday afternoon, UCLA gave up a run in the top of the first inning to Arizona and never looked back, posting a four-run sixth inning in an 8-2 win. Against Arizona State, Saturday saw the Bruins win 1-0 in just 96 minutes. There were just four combined hits in the game, and a Caitlin Benyi triple followed by an ASU wild pitch scored the game's only run. On Sunday, the Sun Devils struck first, but UCLA tied the game in the bottom of the third on an RBI double by Krista Colburn before taking the lead on a bases loaded two-RBI single by Duran in the fourth inning. In that game, Anjelica Selden recorded her 784th career strikeout, tying Lisa Fernandez for third on UCLA's career strikeout list.
UCLA vs. This Week's Opponents
Oregon (21-20, 3-10 Pac-10): UCLA leads the all-time series 57-12. Last Meetings: The Bruins swept both games in Westwood April 22-23, winning 9-3 on Saturday and 5-2 on Sunday. Notable: Two of Oregon's three Pac-10 wins came last weekend as Alicia Cook tossed the first perfect game in school history to defeat Stanford on Friday. The Ducks then won a resumed game against Cal on Saturday morning before losing two to the Golden Bears
No. 8/9 Oregon State (37-8, 9-5 Pac-10): UCLA leads the all-time series 70-8. Last Meeting: Oregon State left Westwood with a 2-0 victory over UCLA on solo home runs by Cambria Miranda and Lisa Allen. Notable: OSU head coach Kirk Walker and assistant coach Crissy Buck are both UCLA graduates. Walker spent 11 years in Westwood as a manager and assistant coach, while Buck was the starting shortstop on UCLA's 1999 NCAA Championship team and played at UCLA from 1999-2002.